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Hashimoto's Disease (cont.)

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Diagnosis

Most people are diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis after presenting to their physician with typical symptoms of hypothyroidism noted above. Some patients are diagnosed without symptoms on a routine screen, and others are diagnosed after a family member is found to have the disease and concern is raised.

The diagnosis is made based on the results of blood tests that measure levels of thyroid hormone and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). These blood tests confirm hypothyroidism, but the addition of positive autoantibody tests further points to Hashimoto's thyroiditis as the underlying cause. Antibodies can be measured in the blood, and the presence of antibodies against thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is usually seen in Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/4/2014

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